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SEP 2017

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Page 57 of 68 September 2017 / st 57 Free instant online access to an extensive listing of the ocean market's various segments Compass Publications, Inc. T 703.524.3136 1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1010 F 703.841.0852 Arlington, VA 22209-2510 SEA\LNG Wants Industry To Comply with IMO Regs SEA\LNG, the multisector indus- try coalition working to facilitate and accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, urged the industry as a whole to redouble its commitment to compliance with, and enforcement of, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marpol VI Regula- tions. The coalition acknowledged that today's shipowners are operating in a challenging economic environment amid stringent and increasing environ- mental regulations. With a complex in- vestment decision matrix of risks when considering how to comply with the global sulphur cap of 0.5 percent from 2020, shipowners must make deci- sions that remain viable into the future and make choices between a limited number of options—LNG, scrubbers or low-sulphur fuels. SEA\LNG added that in addressing the primary concerns of cost and com- pliance, LNG as a marine fuel provides a means of negating current and poten- tial future local emissions challenges and is a step in the right direction to- ward reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transport. The coalition believes that collaboration, demonstration and communication on key areas such as safety, regulation, emissions and the economic case are essential to providing the confidence and demand required for an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020. Report on Industry Progress With BWM Systems ABS published a report providing insights into how industry is progress- ing with ballast water management (BWM) systems. Based on input pro- vided by owners and operators with BWM systems on board their vessels, the report covers a range of topics, including installation, commissioning and operations of BWM systems. To form an accurate picture of the current progress with BWM compli- ance, owners and operators with in- stalled ballast water management systems were surveyed and invited to participate in the workshop. Survey results from approximately 30 owners and operators were aggregated to help identify trends and understand com- mon practices while maintaining ano- nymity. ABS learned that 57 percent of the systems installed on the vessels were being operated. The remaining systems were either deemed "inoper- able" or considered "problematic." The report reveals that some of the major challenges that shipowners and operators face with BWM systems are related to software, hardware and the crew's ability to operate the systems correctly. System operators have had to develop plans to keep up with hard- ware maintenance and maintain an in- ventory of spare parts on a vessel. A recurring concern expressed by many owners relates to the chemical consumables used for determining residual oxidants in the ballast water. Proper storage and handling is critical to the operation of systems employing total residual oxidant. Another major takeaway from the workshop was the importance and necessity of maintaining an effective training strategy to ensure crew mem- bers can operate these systems prop- erly and safely. Improved training methods and sys- tem manuals will decrease the number of issues that stem from operational er- rors. ST

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